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M. Ali Aghassi, diplomat, died San Diego 26 July, aged 82. Served in the late 1950s and early 1960s as the personal representative of the UN Secretary General, and for a time commanded all UN and US forces in Korea. Assistant director of the UN Commission in Zambia when it became an independent nation in 1964. Born in Iran, he emigrated to the US at the age of 18.

Paul Henry, politician, died Michigan 31 July, aged 51. Was named one of the 11 'rising stars' by the National Journal in 1990. First elected to Congress in 1984, he earned increasing margins of victory in each of his runs for Congress.

Robert Glass, sound producer, died Los Angeles, aged 53. A film sound producer, he won an Oscar for his work on ET: the extraterrestrial and worked on this summer's US box-office hit The Firm.

Abram L. Sachar, historian and university president, died 24 July, aged 94. The founding president of Brandeis University, Massachusetts, he raised more than dollars 250m for the university, which opened in 1948 with 107 students and 13 faculty members and now has a student roll of nearly 4,000. Author of The Course of Our Times and A History of the Jews.

Gabdrakhman Kadyrov, motor cyclist, died 3 August. Russian rider who won the world speedway title on six occasions.